Rotary’s Cards: From Princeton To the World

Unicef Cards

Corporate Angels

Giving Blood At the Office

Riverboat: Donate Or Volunteer

Donate Please

Mentors Needed

Gift of Learning

Learning to Teach

Learning in January

Jobseeker Mentality

Nominate Please

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2000 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

How Much Is Too Much?

If you plan to join a few friends for a few drinks after

work, or if you still have that holiday office party to attend, you

might be wondering how much is too much in the eyes of the police

who enforce drunk driving laws. The West Windsor-Plainsboro News,

the community biweekly that routinely reports a dozen of more drunk

driving arrests in its police blotter section, was also curious. So

the paper dispatched freelance writer Diana Wolf, accompanied by a

bottle of Gewurztraminer wine (12.5 percent alcohol) and a designated

driver, to the West Windsor police station. There she simultaneously

got intoxicated and underwent exams to determine her level of

intoxification.

If you are thinking of drinking and driving here’s what you need to

know. First the legal limit now is 0.10 percent, but soon it will

be reduced to 0.08. How fast you reach that level depends on your

body size, whether you are drinking on an empty stomach, and what

kind of liquor you are drinking. For the West Windsor test, the

reporter

is an average-sized woman; her drink is equivalent to a 12-ounce

bottle

of beer or a mixed drink with a one-ounce shot of hard liquor.

Wolf starts drinking at 6:45 p.m. on an empty stomach and nibbles

pretzels while she finishes her second glass. At 7:45 p.m. Patrol

Officer Marylouise Dranchak runs the field tests. Wolf passes the

first two — assessing her balance and ability to follow

directions.

But she shows some signs of intoxification on the test called the

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus or HGN, which tests the driver’s ability

to follow a lighted source from left to right. (The HGN is good at

detecting heavy drinkers who may be able to function normally

otherwise.)

After two drinks, had she been stopped by Dranchak, Wolf would have

been allowed to proceed.

At 8:23 p.m. Wolf pours her third glass of wine and eat some more

pretzels. She fails the field tests, which would have earned her a

trip to the police station. At 8:57 p.m., 20 minutes after that glass

is empty, Wolf gets a breathalyzer test. The reading: 0.09, almost

there. And she waited an hour before drinking her third glass —

the score might have been higher if she had imbibed more quickly.

At 9:15 p.m. she finishes the fourth glass. At 9:40 p.m. the

breathalyzer

test reads 0.16.

The law would have had no mercy: If caught and convicted you can

be subject to loss of license (six months to a year), substantial

fines ($250 to $400 plus $100 to the state’s DWI enforcement fund

plus nine points on your license and a doubling or more of your

insurance costs for three years), as well as mandatory attendance at

"an

intoxicated driver resource center."

And if you get arrested and refuse the breathalyzer test, you are

guilty of violating the law that requires you to take the test, and

carries with it penalties identical to the drunk driving law. And

you could still be convicted of drunk driving based on the field

tests. And the penalties are consecutive.

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Rotary’s Cards: From Princeton To the World

Sixteen children learned that they can make a big

difference

to other children around the world, says Susan Edwards, a

psychologist

at Montgomery Commons. Many Rotarians learned this too. Edwards heads

the Rotary Club of Princeton’s project, the Paul Harris Children’s

Poster Card program to benefit the Rotary Foundation, which aims to

inoculate children worldwide and stamp out polio.

The poster card program began with a children’s drawing competition

on 16 variations with "Living Things Require Nurturing" as

a theme. "The concept is that children can remind adults what

is important," says Edwards. "They made drawings and wrote

a little essay or made comments, and when adults look at them they

are reminded of what is timeless, and everyone wins."

Sixteen children between the ages of seven and nine won the right

to have their drawings used on the greeting cards. Harwill-Express

Press in Hightstown printed the cards at a discount. Two of them

were made available to businesses, with personalized imprint, to use

as holiday cards. The contest ran in 1999 and card sales started last

summer.

An eight-pack of cards may be ordered online for $10 at

www.howardlane.com

and be ordered in quantities — perhaps for use as invitations

or notecards — by calling Steve Portrude at Harwill-Express

Press at 609-443-5900. They also may be purchased by the pack at the

Princeton Historical Society or Bowhe & Peare on Palmer Square. A

profit of $6 per pack is being donated to the Rotary Foundation.

Nonprofit

organizations can buy the packets "wholesale" for $7 and split

the proceeds with the foundation.

Two of the designs were sold as holiday greeting cards, imprinted

by businesses. "The U.S. 1 Business Directory was used to contact

almost 200 local businesses by mail," says Rotarian Bob

Coleman,

"and Rotary Club members approached businesses with which they

had contacts." The designs are now being promoted again as generic

greeting cards.

"When adults see these cards, it is very obvious that this is

about love — love of animals, love of freedom, love of nature,

love of others," says Edwards, "things all of us need to

remember

but often forget as we trample the daffodils on the way to the

car."

Each child supplied words to explain his or her drawing. For instance,

in the category "Understanding that people can be different on

the outside and the same on the inside," Ryan Czepiel pictured

a globe with children of different races and the line "All the

people around the world are the same in our world." Under the

category: "Helping wild animals," Darielle Rocca wrote,

"My

friend and I are helping a cat that we found in the wild about two

months ago. He was playing by a sewer. He is eating soft food and

he has one tick in his ear."

At the awards ceremony, the artists learned that their work could

help save children in other countries. "Something that a child

did in Princeton might help a child in Madagascar — that was

really

amazing to them," says Edwards. "It was a powerful

illustration

that they could do something to help in the world."

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Unicef Cards

The Friends of the International Center will no longer be able to

sell UNICEF cards and gifts at the Princeton University Store or on

the Princeton University campus, says Henny Dekker, a board

member. "Instead, the Friends would like to direct their faithful

UNICEF buyers to go to Pier One, on Route 1 South, for this year’s

cards and gifts." For information, call 609-258-5006.

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Corporate Angels

Anne Zuckerman of Edith’s Lingerie at 170 Nassau

Street has commissioned the design of a pin in the shape of a gold

running shoe with pink ribbons over the shoe laces. The sale of these

pins, for $8 each, benefits the Breast Cancer Resource Center of the

YWCA of Princeton. As part of an independent fundraising effort for

the center, the pins are also a reminder that early detection saves

lives. For information call 609-921-6059. Pins can be purchased by

phone and mailed.

The Community Health Law Project and the New Jersey

State Bar Foundation have collaborated to publicize a little-known

program of the Social Security Administration entitled,

"Presumptive

Disability." It entitles low-income people with AIDS, who have

applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit, to collect

benefits and health insurance up to six months earlier. The form,

available from any Social Security District Office or downloaded from

the Community Health Law Project’s web page (www.chlp.org), must be

completed by a doctor and sent to a Social Security District Office

for processing.

Brochures and posters have been mailed to New Jersey based AIDS

treating

physicians, AIDS Service and Advocacy Organization, Social Security

District offices, Hospitals and County Medical Societies. For more

information, contact the hotline at 888-838-3180.

ShopRite supermarket pharmacies in New Jersey are

providing

shoppers with information about the state’s free or low-cost health

insurance, as a part of NJ FamilyCare’s outreach and enrollment

efforts to offer quality affordable health insurance for uninsured

children and adults. The program includes coverage of uninsured

parents,

single adults, children, and couples without children for regular

doctor’s visits, hospitalization, physician care, lab and X-ray

services,

prescription drugs, and mental health services. For information visit

www.njfamilycare.org or call 800-701-0710

Princeton Partners helped the Connecticut-based St.

Vincent’s

Health Services raise $1.7 million for cancer education, screening,

prevention, and support programs by creating print ads and broadcast

spots and leveraging media relationships to place more than $260,000

in public service announcements about "Swim Across the Sound,"

an annual event.

Employees from Bovis Lend Lease on Alexander Road have

been volunteering at Anchor House, the shelter for troubled children,

and they also sponsored an in-house miniature golf tournament to raise

more than $1,000. They also collected donations for Manna on Main

Street, an interfaith service organization located in Lansdale,

Pennsylvania.

In another effort, they constructed and painted four children’s

playhouses

to donate to daycare facilities.

Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has contributed $35,000

to various medical associations for diabetes research and education

through the new NNPI Signature Wall program. More than 10,000

healthcare

professionals have signed the Signature Wall, aiding the 250,000

citizens

of New Jersey who suffer from diabetes, and 16,000 that live in Mercer

County alone.

The New Jersey Department of Education has awarded

Mercer

County Community College a $416,206 award through the Carl D.

Perkins

Vocational and Technical Education Grant. The grant will enable Mercer

to offer new services to disabled students for career planning,

counseling,and

access to technology that can help them succeed. It will also benefit

the aviation program, which will purchase a global positioning system,

and the horticulture program, for needed greenhouse equipment and

software.

Coldwell Banker Hamilton raised more than $3,000 for

Gilda’s

Club with a dinner dance for 60 people in November. More than half

of those attending won one of the donated door prizes. Named after

the comedian Gilda Radner, Gilda’s Club offers a place for those with

cancer can get support, networking, education, and social

opportunities

in a welcoming setting (www.gildasclub.org or call 201-457-1670).

Snelling Personnel Services on Alexander Street gave $250

to Better Beginnings, a child care center in Hightstown; donated

$1,000

in scholarship to student employees, and contributed to the food drive

for Mercer County Street Friends this month.

Sujoy Banerjee, president of Microcon , an IT company on

State Road, spent one week last summer teaching school-age children

about the intricacies of the World Wide Web, by using of the website

www.educatemenow.

Boston Properties, the real estate investment trust that

owns much of the Carnegie Center property, has formed a scholarship

for the children of employees and will distribute $25,000 in new

awards

annually. "We are proud to be investing in the future of our

society,"

says Mortimer B. Zuckerman, board chairman. The Citizens’ Scholarship

Foundation of America will monitor selection procedures.

Johnson & Johnson hosts a brunch for the National Council

of Jewish Women on Sunday, January 7, at 11 a.m. Jacquelyn Marich

and Shirley Ellison will receive the Hannah G. Solomon Award for their

work with Women Aware , a battered women’s resource in Middlesex

County. For reservations call 732-940-2265.

For the third year employees from Cylogix , a Washington

Road-based IT firm, hosted a holiday party for more than 125 clients

of Womanspace, Mercer County’s nonprofit agency that helps victims

of domestic violence. In addition to donations from merchants and

individual employees, the corporation contributed more than $1,700

in cash; toys and gifts were provided for each woman and child. The

party included face painting, decorating of gingerbread men, and

photos

with Santa. Bristol-Myers Squibb provided gift bags of

toiletries

for the women, and students from Princeton University offered

additional craft activities. To make a donation (by check or gift

certificate) to Womanspace call 609-394-9000.

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Giving Blood At the Office

<B>Annette B. Lanham, a nurse with American Red Cross

Blood Services, is offering to bring her "goal efficient

mini-mobile"

(GEM) blood collection unit to your workplace. To ask about scheduling

a GEM at your organization, call the Penn-Jersey Region at 800-GIVE

LIFE (215-451-4254).

As a registered nurse, Lanham takes charge of every part of the blood

collection process, from making the appointments to offering

refreshments.

Lanham sets up her equipment in a conference room as, one by one,

without losing much time from their jobs, up to workers donate blood.

Among Princeton’s "GEM Corporate Angels" who ran mini

bloodmobiles

this fall are the Uniform Code Council, Commodities Corporation,

Community

Options, N.T. Callaway Realtors, Saul Ewing LLC, NJHA Center for

Health

Affairs, Jardine & Sayer, Chancellor Assisted Living, Hamilton Supply,

Visual Education Corp., and PERQ/HCI. Eden Family of Services, Capital

Health Systems’ finance department, and Sibson & Company sponsored

the bloodmobile for two days each.

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Riverboat: Donate Or Volunteer

A river pilot and a boiler operator are among the more

unusual volunteers needed to help create an educational boat ride

to teach the ecology and history of the Delaware River and canal

system.

Bart Hoebel, the tree-growing owner of Little Valley Farm and

a professor at Princeton University, is trying to refit the 14-ton

Shawnee Princess steamboat, built as a replica in 1970, to be a

floating

classroom. Also needed are a grant writer and a fund raiser. Call

Hoebel at 609-921-6612 or Email: hoebel@princeton.edu.

Gordon Griffin of Mason Griffin & Pierson on Poor Farm

Road helped the organization incorporate as a 501-C-3 non-profit

group.

C. J. Vanderbeck and Son of Hightstown helped to rehabilitate the

boiler. General Electric donated an unbreakable clear plastic,

Lexan, to shield passengers from the steam engine, and United Crane

Rentals donated the use of a crane to lift the steamboat onto a

60-foot trailer. A corporate sponsor is needed for boat repairs and

teacher training.

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Donate Please

United Way of Greater Mercer County is asking for

donations

for its 2000/2001 campaign. United Way agencies have programs that

target the immediate and critical needs of the community. Year-round

monitoring of these agencies is conducted by volunteers to ensure

that 90 cents of every dollar contributed to a program is used

properly

to fulfill grant commitments. The United Way serves to build a

stronger

community, but a financial commitment is essential to deploy these

programs. Call 609-637-4900.

The Princeton Regional Scholarship Foundation hopes to

identify alumni of Princeton High School who can help college seniors

who are having difficulty paying for college tuition. The 30-year-old

foundation gives grants of up to $4,000, based on need, to about 10

percent of the graduating class. Joe Seldner, vice president of

business

development at www.LawStreet.com in Edison, is the president of the

foundation. Donations from businesses and corporations would also

be welcome. Call 732-767-9500, extension 205.

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Mentors Needed

Trenton Central High School hopes to form partnerships

with businesses, hospitals, and agencies to provide sites for student

internships. "We would also like to form an advisory board for

each small learning community," says Priscilla M. Dawson ,

principal. "The advisory board will provide information about

the latest trends in the industry, helping to establish standards

for our students and assisting in securing resources. Your

participation

will make a difference." Call Mary Burks at 609-989-2425

or Mary White at 609-989-2474.

Volunteers are also needed for the Environmentors Project ,

a program that pairs mentors and students on environmental studies.

"Through our one to one program, our workshops, and the assistance

we give to high school students as they apply to college, we are

helping

to increase the confidence of high school students in their own

abilities,"

says Maureen J. Quinn, N.J. Project Director. "These

students

are developing and improving their critical thinking skills and time

management skills, improving their research and study skills, and

gaining opportunities for public speaking and teaching experiences

through our programs. Our staff and volunteers assist these students

by creating an environment in which our young people can grow into

self sufficient adults." Call 609-278-5844 or E-mail:

Mquinn@environmentors.org

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Gift of Learning

Shopping malls aren’t the only places offering gift

certificates this season. Mercer County College offers Certificates

for Lifelong Learning, covering short-term courses for personal or

professional development. Certificates start at $25 and go up to $100

or more. Choices include fitness, sports, writing, languages, arts,

humanities, horticulture, and career development with several courses

covering business and computers. For information, go to www.mccc.edu

or call 609-586-9446.

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Learning to Teach

Montessori training for teachers is now available at

Mercer County College, which is partnering with the Montessori Teacher

Training Institute of New Jersey. Designed for educators, new

teachers,

or parents, the program provides two certification options focusing

on the age groups of infant/toddler or early childhood. Call

609-586-9446,

send email to ComEd@mccc.edu, or visit www.mccc.edu.

The program covers the complete Montessori curriculum including child

development, didactic materials, classroom management, observation

and record keeping, and peace education. Courses include science,

social studies, language, the arts, administration, parent education

and observation. The session begins Thursday, January 4, and most

classes meet 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday or Thursday evenings or

on Saturdays at the West Windsor campus.

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Learning in January

While many students relish the winter school break as

an opportunity to ski, socialize or just hang out, some opt to take

courses in the wintersession semester, also known as

"minimester."

This three-week time slot could also work for someone who wants to

take an inexpensive "study vacation" from a nine-to-five job.

"The opportunity to complete a three- or four-credit course has

become very appealing to more than 1,000 students each year, either

to make up a course, to get ahead in their studies or just to take

the course they were never able to fit in," says Diane

Lemcoe,

director of admissions at Middlesex County College.

The three-week courses at Middlesex meet daily, most from 9 a.m. to

12 noon, starting December 28 and running though January 18. For a

complete course listing or to register, call 732-906-2523.

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Jobseeker Mentality

Job loss need not put a crimp in Christmas, according

to a global study, "Impact of Career Transition on Family,

Finances,

and Health," conducted by Drake Beam Moran among its more than

3,000 career transition clients in 18 countries. The majority were

middle managers and senior executives between 30 and 50 years old.

Sixty percent of participants earned more than $75,000 while working;

86 percent had been the principal wage earner in their household.

Most of those surveyed had no great fear of long-term unemployment

and did not feel that they were vulnerable to stress. Nor did they

feel that family ties had suffered, personal relationships had been

damaged, or household spending squelched. It should be pointed out,

nevertheless, the Drake Beam Morin clients typically have worked for

Fortune 500 or 1000 companies, presumably have good separation

packages,

and are receiving effective outplacement services.

As DBM’s Mindy Mazer points out, the process of changing jobs

is rendered "more productive and effective with professional

guidance."

Nearly 90 percent of respondents in the United States said they

benefited

from career transition services. Globally, 29 percent turned to a

financial advisor and 14 percent sought legal counsel. A small

percentage

turned to churches, religious groups, and psychologists for support.

Those who were experienced professionals with family responsibilities

believed that career transition could produce good opportunities.

Less than five percent in the study were "very concerned"

about the financial impact of their job loss, and 41 percent have

maintained their household spending habits. Only 15 percent of

participants

in the United States were willing to relocate either domestically

or overseas for a new position compared to 53 percent in Latin

America,

who were ready to move.

For information and to receive a copy of the study, E-mail:

David_Maus@DBM.com

or contact David Maus at 202-728-7476.

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Nominate Please

Fleet Small Business Services has created the Fleet Small

Business Leadership Award to honor small business customers for

leadership

and forward thinking. Ten nominees will be chosen. Winners will

receive

a $10,000 cash award, and the bank will donate $10,000 in the

business’

name to a designated charity. Call 877-624-4848 for nomination forms

before January 31, and entries are due by February. An awards ceremony

will be held in Bermuda in June.

The Business Marketing Association of New Jersey is taking

entries for the 2001 Impact Awards Competition in categories ranging

from print advertising to websites. Membership in the organization

is not required. Entries must be postmarked by February 9, and the

award dinner is Tuesday, April 24, at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany.

Fees are $85 for non-members; go to www.bma-nj.com or call Ann

Fody at 914-895-9108.


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